Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa Review

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415 North State Highway 265, Branson MO 65616
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Editor’s Review of Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa

Most people come to Branson, Missouri, for the over-the-top entertainment, where some hundred different live shows can be playing at any one time. The neon-lit strip is quite a sight, but don't forget the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains and Table Rock Lake. That lake serves as the backdrop for the 301-room Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa. While it's just a 15-minute drive outside of town, it seems like a world away from the lights and sequins of downtown Branson.

Opened in 1997, it's sometimes referred to as the Castle of the Ozarks. While it is massive and perched on a hill, Chateau on the Lake does not resemble a castle. The 10-story lobby is lavish, with artificial cascading streams and waterfalls, along with plenty of seating to
... more enjoy this faux natural setting. Chateau on the Lake is not a cozy, rustic lake resort; it's really more of a business hotel and convention center.

Still, families will enjoy the many activities available for all ages. Several restaurants, indoor and outdoor pools, live entertainment on the weekends, complimentary tennis courts and rackets, a drop-off kids' club, a theatre showing complimentary kids' movies, a spa, and of course, the lakefront, with its full service marina and boat rentals, are just a few of the highlights. Just be aware that there's no actual beach for swimming -- for that you need to drive to the state park just up the road.

Branson is the headquarters of Bass Pro Shops (in fact, the owner operates a hotel nearby -- Big Cedar Lodge), one of the country's leading outdoor outfitters. Not surprisingly, fishing is a popular pastime in this region. If you're hooked on the hobby, you will not be disappointed at Chateau on the Lake. Its full-service marina rents a variety of boats, from canoes, kayaks and pedal boats to WaveRunners, pontoons and motor boats, and accommodates vessels up to 70 feet with overnight boat slips.

While this isn't the place for a classic, laid-back lake vacation, there is an endless supply of activities to keep everyone entertained. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, this resort is bustling with excitement. If a large waterfront resort with an abundance of options and activities is what your family craves, you'll be happy at Branson's Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Lakefront location
  • Seasonal kids' club
  • Pools, plus water sports on the lake
Family Interests
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Water Sports
  • Sailing
Family Amenities
  • Children's Program
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry Service
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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The 301-room property was extensively renovated in 2009. Guests will appreciate the elegant decor of the cherry wood desks and bed frames and leather furnishings, as well as the stone tile in the bathrooms, which all feature bathtubs. All rooms include HD 32-inch (or larger) flat-screen TVs with cable channels, two telephones with voice mail, iron and full-sized ironing boards, free Wi-Fi, coffeemakers with coffee and teas, hair dryers, in-room safes, and Serta Perfect Sleeper mattresses with triple sheeting and down comforters. There's daily maid service as well. A mini-fridge can be requested for an additional $20 per day. Cribs are provided free of charge.

Rooms come with lakefront views, partial lake views or mountain views. If you want to be staring out at the lake, request a lakefront room, though be aware -- they are the most sought-after of the accommodations and book up well in advance.

Standard Rooms
With 392 square feet of space, Standard Rooms have either one king or two queen beds. Standard rooms do not have great views though -- they all look out at either the parking lot or the adjacent convention center.

Rooms With Views
Mountain View rooms, Partial Lake View rooms and Lakefront King rooms all come with king or queen beds, except for the latter, which only offers one king. A majority of Partial Lake View and Lakefront King rooms have balconies, too.

Ambassador Suites
These 518-square-feet suites feature a private bedroom with one king bed or two double beds and a sitting area with a sofa bed. Ambassador Suites feature two 37-inch flat-screen TVs and a wet bar with a microwave and mini-fridge. Another "suite" perk is complimentary use of plush robes.

Vice Presidential and Presidential Suites
These suites are larger (864 square feet) and have a balcony and elegant French doors separating the living and sleeping area. The living room area is more substantial with a dining room table, and the kitchen features a full size refrigerator. Bathrooms are also upgraded with Jacuzzi soaking tubs.

Although very much alike, only the Vice Presidential Suites can connect to other rooms (which have two queen beds) and the Presidential Suite bathrooms have a separate walk-in shower, in addition to the soaking Jacuzzi tub. Additionally, the two Presidential Suites also come with DVD players.


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